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Drive safely this winter with Hilltop Garage

  • Author: Graham Parish - Hilltop Garage
  • Published: 3rd December 2016
  • Categories: Clanfield, Blog, Advice

Winter has finally arrived and staying safe on the roads should be your priority.  There are a few simple checks you can do to ensure your car is ready for the cold weather.

  1. Tyres
    Check your tyres for the tread depth. They are the only part of your car that is in contact with the road surface. The legal minimum is 1.6mm, but the AA recommends at least 3mm in winter to help clear away rain and snow effectively and reduce the risk of aquaplaning.
  2. Tyre Pressure
    Check that your tyres are correctly inflated. Overinflated or under inflated tyres adversely affect the handling of your car. You can find the correct pressures in your car’s handbook or a sticker on the inside of the driver’s door frame.
  3. Antifreeze
    This is the coloured fluid in the cooling system. Antifreeze prevents the coolant from freezing and damaging your engine. Ensure that it is the correct strength. You may need to purchase an antifreeze tester from a motoring accessory shop, they are relatively inexpensive and easy to use - or get a mechanic to do it for you.
  4. Windscreen
    Check that your windscreen wipers are in good condition and they clear the screen effectively. Fill the washer reservoir with winter screen wash additive to prevent the liquid freezing; make sure that the washer jets are clear and the fluid is hitting the screen in the right place. 

Most of these checks are easy to do, however if you find the thought of DIY car maintenance daunting, you could always ask your local mechanic or garage to help you.

Hilltop Service Station currently are offering a 12-point Winter Safety Check for just £10 + Vat. All these items and more are inspected and checked, and you will also receive a report on your car’s condition. 

Please call us on 02392 596038 to book an appointment or find out more.

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